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MoLeg Weekly Wrap-Up

Lawmakers returned from spring break and advanced two anti-sexual and -reproductive health measures in the House:

  • State-Level Attempt to “Defund” Planned Parenthood: This week the Missouri House of Representatives is considering a reckless budget proposal that aims to deny thousands of Missourians access to preventive care at women’s health care providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers.
  • Restricting Local Control and Enabling Reproductive DiscriminationHouse Bill 174strips local control from communities by preventing cities from protecting their citizens from misleading Crisis Pregnancy Centers. This bill aims to supersede a new St. Louis City ordinance, Board Bill 203, that protects citizens from being fired or evicted because of their reproductive health decisions like using birth control, having an abortion, adopting a child, or using in vitro fertilization. Thank you to the reproductive health champions who stood up during floor debate to argue against this bill: Reps. Michael Butler (D-79), Randy Dunn (D-23), Deb Lavender (D-90), Karla May (D-84), Judy Morgan (D-24), Stacey Newman (D-87), and Cora Faith Walker (D-78).

Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri tracks many bills that would affect Missourians’ sexual and reproductive health. You can learn more and follow their progress on our website. Click on the bill number to see each measure’s sponsoring legislator(s) and its status. Your messages to lawmakers do have an impact!

Vice President Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote to Strip Patient Protections Under Title X

Last week, Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote in the Senate to rescind the Obama Administration’s regulation that reinforced protections for health care access under Title X, the nation’s family planning program. The effort to revoke this Obama regulation is somewhat symbolic, as the rule simply reinforced existing statutory protections under the program.

While the resolution only required a simple majority in the Senate under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Senate opponents still needed Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote to pass the measure. The resolution was passed in the House last month and is headed to the President’s desk for signature. His approval would officially and immediately rescind the Title X rule. 

Upcoming Events

GOV 101 in Springfield: Join us this Thursday evening at National Avenue Christian Church to learn the ins and outs of the Missouri Legislature and how to effectively make your voice heard at the state level! Planned Parenthood Advocates will participate on a panel with Rep. Crystal Quade (D-132), PROMO, NAACP of Missouri, Empower Missouri, Missouri Healthcare for All, Missouri Jobs with Justice, Moms Demand Action-Springfield, and NAMI of Southwest Missouri.

Vote on Tuesday: Local elections are being held across the state tomorrow. Check out the resources below to get informed about the candidates and issues on your ballot!

Stand With Planned Parenthood: There are new opportunities to get involved, take action, and #StandWithPP!

Recap: #PinkOut Day & Columbia Town Hall!

We came. We saw. We PINKED OUT! Last Wednesday’s national #PinkOut Day was a huge success! From our social media to health centers to the Missouri Capitol all the way to Washington, D.C., Planned Parenthood supporters wore pink to #StandWithPP! Here are some of our favorite photos:

During the Missouri Legislature’s spring break, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes worked with coalition partners to plan the State of Our Health Town Hall with Reps. Martha Stevens (D-46) and Kip Kendrick (D-45). More than 100 people, including health care providers, patients, and citizens learned about proposed measures that could impact health care for thousands of Missourians. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Assistant Vice President of Health Services Kristin Metcalf-Wilson discussed Senate Bill 28, which would drastically cut Medicaid and impact many of the patients Planned Parenthood health centers serve every day.

Lobby Day

Tomorrow is another chance to make your voice heard in the Capitol! Missouri Women’s Network Equity Action Day begins at 9:30 AM in House Hearing Room 2. If you can’t make it tomorrow, you’ll have two more opportunities to talk to your lawmakers in Jefferson City: Moral Missouri Lobby Day and Rally on April 26, and Freedom of Choice Council Lobby Day on May 4.

Our organizers will prep you with materials and information so you can talk to your legislators with confidence.

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